Types of Braces


For Patients From Stone Oak, Universal City, & San Antonio 

Straightening your teeth is probably something that you have given a lot of consideration, but have you ever thought about how you would prefer to get to your final result? At UC Smiles Orthodontics, we offer several different types of braces, which San Antonio residents can choose from. Each variety has different pros and cons that you must weigh, with the help of Dr. Bebe, before making a final decision. Every individual patient has unique needs for their orthodontic care, making it important to undergo a thorough evaluation in order to determine the most effective option for you.

Traditional Metal Braces

When most people think about orthodontics, they imagine the traditional metal braces that are the most commonly used among patients today. These metal brackets are made from stainless steel, which is a sturdy and durable material. The brackets are connected with a thin archwire, which is what is used by your friendly orthodontist in Stone Oak (Dr. Bebe), to move your teeth into the correct position. In the past, metal brackets were large and could be uncomfortable, but technological advances have resulted in smaller, more comfortable brackets.

Ceramic Braces

Patients who prefer a less noticeable method of teeth straightening may choose ceramic braces. Unlike the traditional metal option, these brackets are clear and blend into the natural shade of the teeth. Many older patients, especially those seeking orthodontics later in life, opt for ceramic braces for cosmetic reasons. However, there are some disadvantages that accompany this type, including the following:

  • Less durability than metal
  • Higher likelihood of broken brackets
  • Discoloration of elastic ties between visits

Clear Aligners

It is possible to achieve a straight smile without the use of braces, thanks to clear aligners. These acrylic trays are completely customized and move the teeth without any brackets, wires or elastics. Those who are self-conscious about having metal in their mouths and do not have extreme dental issues may get great results from this option. Furthermore, this type of orthodontic treatment is completely removable during meals, so you won't have to worry about changing your diet during your orthodontic treatment. Eat all the sticky and nutty foods your heart desires!

Come in for a Free Consultation!

If braces are on your mind, please feel free to contact UC Smiles Orthodontics at 210-340-0995 for a complimentary consultation. Together we can help you decide which treatment plan will be the most effective for your specific needs.